Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mega-List of Agents Looking for Memoirs (and other Nonfiction)

Memoirs are enjoying a resurgence in the publishing world. While biographies and personal histories have previously been reserved for well-known figures - political leaders, writers, artists - increasingly, this genre is opening up to ordinary people who simply have a story that might appeal to a wide readership.

Here is a list of 230 agents looking for memoirs. These agents are, in most cases, also interested in representing other non-fiction. Read their submission requirements carefully. In the case of memoirs, agents frequently want a writing sample, just as they would for fiction. But, to be on the safe side, have an outline of your memoir prepared before you begin querying.

For other non-fiction, a proposal is required. The proposal is a detailed chapter-by-chapter breakdown of your book which must be submitted even if your book is complete. Make sure your bio reflects your expertise in your book's subject.

Agency Agent Contact and Guidelines How to Submit
LKG Agency Lauren Galit


Query letter, two sample chapters in body of email.  Also accepts queries through author.me
The Bent Agency Jenny Bent queries@thebentagency.com

Query and first ten pages of your book in the body of your email
The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency Ethan Ellenberg agent@ethanellenberg.com

Send a brief query letter,
sample chapters, in the body of
an email. No attachments
Writers House Daniel Lazar

Susan Ginsburg


Query letter by email. Please include the first 5 pages of your manuscript
with your query letter. NO attachments 
DeFiore and Company Laurie Abkemeier

Brian DeFiore
lma (at) defioreandco.com



Query with brief summary of your novel or the scope of your non-fiction project; short description why you’re writing the project; any specific credentials you have for writing the book in question
The Karpfinger Agency Kate Garrick kate@karpfinger.com

Query only. Please include a brief description of your book in the body of the email, along with a short bio
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises Betsy Amster b.amster.assistant@gmail.com

Query. For narrative nonfiction, please embed the first three pages of your manuscript in the body of your e-mail
Faye Bender Literary Agency Faye Bender submissions@thebookgroup.com

Send a query letter and ten sample pages, with the first and last name of the agent you are querying in the subject line
Foundry Literary + Media Peter H. McGuigan

Peter Steinberg

Yfat Reiss Gendell

Brandi Bowles

Hannah Brown Gordon

Kirsten Neuhaus

Jess Regel

Roger Freet








Send query letter, sample chapters, author bio in body of email
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates Heide Lange

Daniel Mandel

Rachael Dillon Fried

See individual agents for contact and submission information

Query letter
The Park Literary Group Theresa Park queries@parkliterary.com

Query letter, proposal, and sample chapters in body of email. Specify the
first and last name of the agent to whom you are submitting in
the subject line of the email 
Elyse Cheney Literary Associates Elyse Cheney

Adam Eaglin

Alexander Jacobs

Sam Freilich
submissions [at] cheneyliterary [dot] com

Please send a query letter briefly describing your project and professional background, along with up to three chapters of sample material. We ask that you not query more than one agent
Trident Scott Miller

John Silbersack 


Query and online form. Wait 30 days before submitting to another agent at Trident
Harvey Klinger, Inc. Sara Crowe

David Dunton

Andrea Somberg


Query, short synopsis of your work, an author bio, and the first five pages of your manuscript (pasted into the body of your email, no attachments please)
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management Miriam Goderich

Stacey Kendall Glick

Jim McCarthy 



Query. Synopses,  sample
chapters (say, one chapter or the first 25 pages of your manuscript) should either
be included below the
cover letter or attached as a separate document.
Vicky Bijur Literary Agency Vicky Bijur assistant@vickybijuragency.com

queries [at] vickybijuragency.com
Query letter
John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.  Warren Frazier

William Reiss 


A brief letter about your book (genre, summary and/or synopsis, word count, etc.)
A bit about you/your writing background
Include your book proposal as a single Word attachment. 
The Friedrich Agency Molly Friedrich,

Lucy Carson

Kent Wolf 



Query letter
The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency  Lucy Childs

Mitch Hoffman

Lisa Erbach Vance 


Query letter with 1 chapter pasted into email - no attachments
Wm Clark Associates William Clark  Online form

Online form
Don Congdon Associates, Inc.  Michael Congdon

Katie Grimm

Maura Kye-Casella

Susan Ramer

Query and first chapter
Folio Literary Management Jeff Kleinman

Erin Harris

Frank Weimann



Query and first 10 pages pasted in body of email
Jennie Dunham query at dunhamlit dot com

Query letter
Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc Gail Hochman 

Bill Contardi

Emily Forland

Emma Patterson

Jody Kahn
ghochman@bromasite.com (prefers snail mail query)




Query letter
Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency Russell Galen

Anna Ghosh


Query letter
Irene Goodman Literary Agency  Kim Perel kim.queries@irenegoodman.com Email a query letter and the first ten pages, along with a synopsis (3-5 paragraphs) and bio, in the body of an email to the agent of your choice
Denise Shannon Literary Agency Denise Shannon  submissions@deniseshannonagency.com

Query. "We request that you inform us if you are submitting material simultaneously to other agencies."
Carol Mann Agency  Carol Mann

Gareth Esersky

Myrsini Stephanides

Query letter including a brief bio, a synopsis and the first 25 pages in the body of your email - no attachments
David Black Literary Agency  David Black

Gary Morris

Susan Raihofer

Sarah Smith



Query letter
Loretta Barrett Books, Inc.  Nick Mullendore  LBBQuery [at] Gmail [dot] com

Query, brief overview, your contact information, any relevant background information on yourself or your project, and a paragraph of description
of your project in body of email
BJ Robbins Literary Agency BJ Robbins  robbinsliterary@gmail.com

Query letter
Victoria Sanders & Associates  Victoria Sanders  queriesvsa@hotmail.com

Query plus
three chapters (25 pages) in body of email
Susan Schulman Literary Agency  Susan F. Schulman queries@schulmanagency.com Query letter at least one
chapter - no attachments
Wendy Sherman Associates, Inc.  Wendy Sherman submissions@wsherman.com

Query and bio
Irene Skolnick Agency  Irene Skolnick submissions@skolnickagency.com

Query and 10 pages in body of email
Frances Goldin Literary Agency   Sam Stoloff

Matt McGowan  
Queries through Submittable Query and sample
Robin Straus Agency, Inc.  Robin Straus  info@robinstrausagency.com

Query letter with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a
brief synopsis
or description
of your book project, submission history, and information on competition.
If you wish,
you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.
Emma Sweeney Agency Emma Sweeney  queries@emmasweeneyagency.com

Please begin your query
with a succinct (and hopefully catchy) description of your plot or proposal. Include a brief cover letter telling us how you heard about ESA, your previous
writing credits, and a few lines about yourself. Paste the first ten (10) pages
of your proposal or novel into the text of your e-mail.
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency  Alice Tasman  Submit through online form

Online form
The Tessler Literary Agency Michelle Tessler  Online form

Online form
Curtis Brown, Ltd Mitchell Waters

Noah Ballard

Kerry D’Agostino

Katherine Fausset

Laura Blake Peterson



See individual agents for submission requirements
McIntosh & Otis, Inc.  Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein  EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com

Query letter, author bio, and three sample chapters (no more than 30 pages) of the manuscript
The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency Scott Waxman 

Rachel Vogel

Cassie Hanjian


Query letter
Emilie Stewart Literary Agency Emilie Stewart  info@emiliestewartagency.com

Query and one or two sample chapters
Prospect Agency Emily Sylvan Kim  Online form

Query letter, three chapters and a brief synopsis via online form
JABberwocky Eddie Schneider

queryeddie [at] awfulagent.com

Query and first 5 pages. A brief one to three-page synopsis can be included at the bottom
Veritas Literary Agency  Katherine Boyle  katherine@veritasliterary.com

Query letter
Liza Dawson Associates Liza Dawson 

Caitie Flum

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock



Query letter
Sterling Lord Literistic Philippa Brophy

Neeti Madan

Alison MacKeen

Mary Krienke

John Maas

Jenny Stephens
Snail mail only

Query letter, first three chapters of the manuscript, a brief bio or resume, and a stamped self-addressed envelope
The Stuart Agency Andrew Stuart Online form

Online form
Talcott Notch Literary Services Gina Panettieri  gpanettieri@talcottnotch.net

Query and 10 pages
Janklow & Nesbit Associates Allison Hunter submissions@janklow.com

Query letter
Hornfischer Literary Management Jim Hornfischer    queries { A T } hornfischerlit { D O T } com

Query letter
Wales Literary Agency Elizabeth Wales  waleslit@waleslit.com

Query letter
Laura Langlie Agency Laura Langlie  laura@lauralanglie.com

Note: This agent gives very rapid responses
Query letter
Hill Nadell Literary Agency Bonnie Nadell

Dara Hyde

Query and 5-10 pages in body of email
Fredrica S. Friedman & Co. Fredrica S. Friedman submissions@fredricafriedman.com

Query letter
Fifi Oscard Agency, Inc. Peter Sawyer

Carmen La Via
Online form

Online form
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC  Shannon Hassan Shannon@MarsalLyonLiteraryAgency.com

Query letter
Chris Calhoun Agency LLC Chris Calhoun danielle@chriscalhounagency.com

Query letter, a synopsis of the work, the first three chapters of the
manuscript, a brief bio or resume
Susan Rabiner Literary Agency Sydelle Kramer

Holly Bemiss

Query letter
Julia Lord Literary Management Julia Lord query@julialordliterarymgt.com

Query, synopsis, first 5 pages in body of email - no attachments
Gina Maccoby Literary Agency Gina Maccoby query@maccobylit.com Query letter
Patricia Moosbrugger Literary Agency Patricia Moosbrugger pm@pmagency.net

Query letter
The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency Angela Rinaldi info@RinaldiLiterary.com

Query letter
Union Literary Sally Wofford-Girand

Christina Clifford

Shaun Dolan



Query with sample pages attached in .doc or .docx format. Please do not send .pdf files
Serendipity Literary Agency Dawn Michelle Hardy

Nadeen Gayle

Chelcee Johns

Rebecca Bugger
Online form

Query letter
The Martell Agency Alice Fried Martell submissions@themartellagency.com

Query letter
Malaga Baldi Literary Agency Malaga Baldi  info@baldibooks.com

Query letter
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency Arielle Datz

Henry Dunow

Erin Hosier

Eleanor Jackson

Amy Hughes

Julia Kenny

Betsy Lerner

Query and 10 pages in body of email
The Unter Agency Jennifer Unter  Jennifer@theunteragency.com

Query letter
Kneerim & Williams Literary Agency Lucy Cleland

Katherine Flynn


Query letter to an individual agent and a synopsis, a brief bio, and no more than 20 pages of initial sample material in body of email
The Book Group Brettne Bloom submissions@thebookgroup.com

Query and 10 pages in body of email
Lippincott Massie McQuilkin Maria Massie

Rob McQuilkin

Jason Anthony

Laney Katz Becker

Rayhané Sanders

Julie Stevenson





See individual agents
Inkwell Management Alexis Hurley

Nathaniel Jacks

Eliza Rothstein

Lena Yarbrough 

Query letter and
short writing sample (1-2 chapters) in body of email
Fairbank Literary Representation Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank  queries@fairbankliterary.com

Query and 1 chapter in body of email
Tracy Brown Literary Agency Mr. Tracy Brown tracy@brownlit.com Query letter
Albert LaFarge Literary Agency Albert LaFarge  lafargeliterary@gmail.com

Query letter
Grosvenor Literary Agency Deborah Grosvenor  submissions@grosvenorlit.com

Query letter
Schiavone Literary Agency, Inc James Schiavone profschia@aol.com Query letter
Wilson Media Robert Wilson queries@wilsonmedia.net

Query letter
Fletcher & Company LLC
Christy Fletcher

Grainne Fox

Sylvie Greenberg

Mink Choi

Erin Mcfadden

Sarah Fuentes

Rebecca Gradinger 

Query, brief synopsis. and
the first 5-10
pages of the manuscript pasted into the body of the email
Paul S. Levine Literary Agency  Paul S. Levine paul@paulslevine.com

Query letter
Joelle Delbourgo Associates  Jacqueline Flynn

Carrie Cantor


Query letter
Carnicelli Literary Management Matthew Carnicelli    queries@carnicellilit.com

Query letter
Solow Literary Enterprises Bonnie Solow  info[at]solowliterary[dot]com

Query letter
Cowles-Ryan Literary Agency  Nina Ryan

Katherine Cowles  


Query, 10 pages
Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Note: ZSH recently merged with Kuhn to form
Lane Zachary

Todd Shuster

Jennifer Gates

Janet Silver

Jane von Mehren

Nan Thornton

Elias Altman

Lori Galvin

Michelle Brower

Sarah Levitt
http://zshliterary.com/zsh-contacts.html Online form
Rick Broadhead & Associates Literary Agency Rick Broadhead submissions@rbaliterary.com

Query letter
DeFiore and Company  Brian DeFiore

Laurie Abkemeier

Matthew Elblonk

Caryn Karmatz Rudy

Nicole Tourtelot

Ashley Collom

Miriam Altshuler

Reiko Davis







See individual agents for submission requirements
Ayesha Pande Literary Ayesha Pande

Anjali Singh
http://pandeliterary.com/queries/ Online form
Martin Literary Management Sharlene Martin

Clelia Gore


Query letter
Judith Riven Literary Agency Judith Riven  RivenLitQueries@gmail.com

Query letter
Albert T. Longden Agency Albert Longden  atlong2012@hotmail.com Query letter
Manus & Associates Literary Agency Janet Wilkens Manus

Jandy Nelson

Penny Nelson


Query letter
The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency Zoe Pagnamenta http://www.zpagency.com/contact/submissions-guidelines/ Query and 25 pages

Snail mail only
PFD New York Silvia Molteni smolteni@pfd.co.uk Query letter

Children's books only
Judith Ehrlich Literary Management Sophia Seidner sseidner@judithehrlichliterary.com

Query letter
TriadaUS Literary Agency Uwe Stender uwe@triadaus.com

Query letter
Laura Dail Literary Agency Tamar Ellman Rydzinski   queries@ldlainc.com

Query and 5-10 pages in body of email
Marianne Strong Literary Agency Marianne Strong http://www.stronglit.com/contact/ Online form
Literary Artists Representatives Sam Fleishman LitArtists@aol.com

Query letter
Jane Rotrosen Agency  Amy Tannenbaum atannenbaum@janerotrosen.com

Query letter
Einstein Literary Management Susanna Einstein  submissions@einsteinliterary.com

Query and 10 pages
Jud Laghi Agency Jud Laghi submissions@laghiagency.com

Query and 1 chapter
Stonesong Agency Judy Linden

Emmanuelle Morgen

Maria Ribas

Query and 1 chapter or 10 pages
The Helen Zimmermann Literary Agency Helen Zimmermann Submit@ZimmAgency.com


Good guidelines for nonfiction proposals
Query letter
Fox Literary Diana Fox submissions@foxliterary.com Query letter and the first 5 pages of your manuscript
Ebeling & Associates Michael Ebeling michael@ebelingagency.com

Query letter, see details on website
Daniel Literary Group Greg Daniel submissions@danielliterarygroup.com

Query letter
Max Gartenberg Literary Agency Anne G. Devlin agdevlin@aol.com

Query letter
The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency Elizabeth Kaplan query@elizabethkaplanlit.com

Query letter
P.S. Literary Agency Curtis Russell

Carly Watters

Query letter
Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Andrew Lownie mail@andrewlownie.co.uk

Query letter
FinePrint Literary Management Stephany Evans

Laura Wood


Query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio, and the first two chapters (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email
The McDermid Agency Martha Webb info@mcdermidagency.com

Query letter and first 10-15 pages in body of email
Straus Literary Jonah Straus jonah@strausliterary.com Query with a synopsis, author bio, and two sample chapters in the body of the email
Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency Stephanie Rostan

Daniel Greenberg

Danielle Svetcov

Lindsay Edgecombe

Monika Verma

Online form or query and 50 pages
Jeff Herman Agency Jeff Herman submissions@jeffherman.com

Query letter
Donadio & Olson, Inc. Carrie Howland http://donadio.com/agents/ Query letter and the first three chapters/first 25 pages of the manuscript via Submittable
Rees Literary Agency Lorin Rees

Ann Collette

See individual agents
Charlberg & Sussman Rachel Sussman

Nicole James

Query letter
Wolf Literary Services Allison Devereux queries@wolflit.com

Query and 50 pages
L. Perkins Agency Latoya C. Smith submissions@lperkinsagency.com
Synopsis, bio, 5 pages in body of email
Andy Ross Agency Andy Ross  andyrossagency@hotmail.com

Query letter
Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Lynn C. Franklin http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members
Query letter with short outline and synopsis
McCormick & Williams Alia Hanna Habib

Bridget McCarthy

Query letter 
Bradford Literary Agency Monica Odom monica@bradfordlit.com

Query letter 
Sarah Jane Freymann Sarah Jane Freymann Submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com

Query and 10 pages in body of email
Georges Borchardt, Inc. Samantha Shea samantha@gbagency.com Query letter 
Daniel Bial Agency Daniel Bial dbialagency@msn.com

Query letter 
Ross Yoon AgencyKatie Zanecchia katie [at] rossyoon.com


Email a query letter, a proposal, and sample chapter 
Capital Talent Agency Cynthia Kane  literary.submissions [at] capitaltalentagency.com

Query letter 
Glass Literary Management Rick Pascocello rick@glassliterary.com

Query, show an understanding of the marketplace and where your book would fit into it; and show why you are the best person to be writing the book you’re proposing
Corvisiero Vanessa Robins query@corvisieroagency.com

Put "ATTN: Vanessa Robins-Query [Book Title]" in the subject line.

Query letter and attach a 1-2 page synopsis and the first five pages of your manuscript to the email in separate Word .doc files. Your query letter should include links to any social media or author websites 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

42 Calls for Submissions: December 2016 - Paying Markets

The end of the year is just loaded with calls for submissions! These literary magazines want your poetry, fiction, flash fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction. All genres are welcome!

As always, read the submissions guidelines carefully.

You can find more resources for submission calls, both paid and unpaid, here: Calls for Submissions

Goblin FruitGenre: Fantastical poetry. Payment: $15. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Southern ReviewGenres: Fiction, poetry and essays. Payment: $25 per page. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in PoetryGenre: Poetry, for an anthology of poems dealing with Freud and psychoanalysis. Payment: $25-$100 per poem. Submissions: Irene Willis, Poetry Editor, International Psychoanalysis, P.O. Box 217, South Egremont, MA 01258. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Hollins Critic. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $25/poem. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Sirens Call PublicationsGenre: Horror stories wanted for 'First Hand Accounts' anthology. Payment: $25 per story. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Rhubarb. "We are looking for new, unpublished work from writers and artists who self-define as Mennonites, whether practicing, declined, lapsed or resistant; we also accept writing and visual art by non-Mennonites about Mennonites." Genre: Poetry, fiction, CNF submissions wanted for 'Play' issue. Payment: $50 per piece. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Contrary MagazineGenre: Fiction and poetry submissions wanted for Winter Issue (worldwide). Payment: $20. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Understorey MagazineRestrictions: Canadian women only. Genres: Fiction, essay, poetry submissions wanted for Issue 9: Home and Away. Payment: $30-$60 per piece. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Compelling Science Fiction. Genre: Hard sci-fi. Payment: 6 cents/word (1 cent/word for reprints). Deadline: December 1, 2016. Reprints accepted.

Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers AnthologyGenre: Speculative fiction stories, "2,000 – 5,000 words in length that celebrate women with agency in science fiction. We want to see stories about women who take initiative, who take matters into their own hands, who can make changes." Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Polychrome Ink. Genres: Poetry, short stories, essays celebrating diversity. Payment: $15 - $40. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Scary Dairy: Mother's Revenge. Genre: Short stories. "Scary Dairy Press is seeking short story submissions of 3000-7000 words max for the anthology: Mother’s Revenge! This is a passionate anthology about Mother Earth taking her world back from the humans and teaching us a lesson. Mother Earth can partner with humans to stop the destroyers, animals can be heroes, or they may need saving. Any aspect of an ecological disaster or climate change problem can be created or considered." Payment: $30 - $70. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Cicada, YA/TeenGenres: Fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Fire and Fury. "Anger can be an all-consuming, destructive wildfire; however, like a prairie burn that nourishes and renews the land, anger can also be an agent of positive change and healing. Show us works that burn with rage in all its forms, from smoldering resentment to blazing righteous fury." Payment: Fiction: up to 10¢ per word. Nonfiction: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Ladybug and Babybug: Builders and Dreamers. Genre: Stories, articles, and poetry about builders and dreamers. "A tour of a construction site or a kid’s backyard invention, a child’s adventures in an imaginary city—where will your writing take you? These magazines are designed for preschool-age children, toddlers, and babies, so we want pieces that beg to be read aloud. Stories should have childlike points of view and simple yet strong plots; they need to be short, too (LADYBUG stories run up to 800 words, BABYBUG stories are up to 6 sentences). Humor, playfulness, and lyricism are appreciated." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Mslexia. Genres: Story and poetry submissions wanted for Issue 73: Guilty. "Send in stories of up to 2,200 words and poems of up to 40 lines about the commission, planning and/or consequences of a heinous or illegal act. Appal yourself, or simply have fun exploring the darker impulses of the human psyche." Payment: £25 per piece. Deadline: December 5, 2016.

Southern Voices Anthology. "We want to hear the stories of Southerners of a wide range of ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical differences, social classes, and points of view. The stories may be contemporary or historical as long as they depict time and place authentically and imaginatively (Take it easy on the moonlight and magnolias, y’all). Styles and subject matter are wide open, but no erotica, gratuitous violence, or apostrophe-laden dialect." Genre: Short fiction. Payment: $50 per story. Deadline: December 10, 2016. Questions/submissions: southernanthology@gmail.com

TANSTAAAFL PressGenre: Short story submissions wanted for 'Enter the Rebirth' Payment: 1-8 cents per word. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Narcissus PressGenre: Science fiction story submissions wanted for Brave Boy World: A Transman Anthology. "Stories must fall into the category of science fiction (hard or soft), and must feature a transgender male protagonist. Given the nature of speculative fiction, however, we are willing to consider stories that feature non-binary, intersex or genderfluid characters, but for this project, any non-binary character should either identify strongly as male, or the story should deal with themes of what it means to be "masculine" or a "man" in terms of the world setting in which the story takes place." Payment: $100 per story. Reprints, $50. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Madames GeekRestrictions: Authors must live in Washington state. Story must be about a town in the state of Washington. Genre: Short speculative fiction submissions wanted for 'Meanwhile in Washington' Payment: $20 per story. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

The Indianola ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Payment: $25-$75 for prose, $5 per page for poetry. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Deadlights MagazineGenre: Horror fiction and poetry. Payment: $50 per short story, $10 per poem. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Recommended ReadingGenre: Fiction. Payment: $300 per story. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Slice magazineGenres: Fiction, CNF, poetry submissions wanted for 'Panic' issue. Payment: $250 per story/essay, $75 per poem. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Eye to the Telescope: Robots IssueGenre: Speculative poetry. Payment: 3 cents/word. Deadline: December 15, 2016. Reprints accepted.

Ruminate. Genres: Fiction, poetry. The Ruminate editors are seekers and people of faith from the Judeo-Christian tradition. Payment: $15/poem and  $15/400 words for prose. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Meet Cute: A Collection of First EncountersGenre: Micro fiction stories wanted for anthology. Payment: $10 per story. Deadline: December 16, 2016.

Mrs Rochester's Attic: Print and Ebook anthology. Genre: Short Story. "In 'Jane Eyre' Mr Rochester kept his mad first wife locked away in his attic. Inspired by this, 'Mrs Rochester's Attic' will be an anthology of gothic-tinted tales about mad love and terrible secrets. What awful things do your characters keep hidden away?" Payment: Up to maximum of £50 per story. Deadline: December 18, 2016.

Synaesthesia. Genres: Poetry, fiction, CNF on the theme of Body and Sex. Payment: £5. Deadline: December 19, 2016.

Writing Piazza. ‘We are looking for intriguing stories centered on animals that at some point were used in animal testing. We prefer stories that end in a rescue. So put on those thinking caps, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Genre is open: horror, sci-fi, speculative, literary, even comedy or romance. If it’s well-crafted and follows the theme, we’d love to consider it.’ 5000-20,000 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: December 20, 2016.

The PuritanGenres: Essays, fiction, poetry. Payment: $100 (essay), $50 (fiction), $15 per page (poem). Deadline: December 25, 2016.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Genre: Speculative Fiction. Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 28, 2016.

Humans Wanted. "You would be amazed what humans will do to survive. Or to ensure the survival of others they feel responsible for. " Genre: Science fiction. Payment: $250 per story. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Submissions: Send your stories formatted in Standard Manuscript format attached as a .doc to humanswanted@gmail.com. Include your name, byline, email address, mailing address, and approximate word count.

SubmergedGenre: Scifi / fantasy stories wanted (set underwater at some point). Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Workers Write. Genres: Poetry and story submissions wanted for 'Tales from the Casino' - stories and poems from workers in the gambling industry. Payment: $5-$50 per piece. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Reprints accepted.

All Hail Our Robot ConquerorsGenre: Speculative fiction where the robots of the story somehow harken back to the 50s/60s style of robots. Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Comet Press: Year's Best Hardcore Horror 2016Genre: Horror: the "extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos." Payment: 1 cent per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Book Smugglers: 'Gods and Monsters'Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: 6 cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

The Death of All ThingsGenre: Short stories where Death is a character). Payment: 6+ cents per word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Red SunGenre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $100- $150. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

The Binge-Watching Cure: Fabulous Stories that Start Small and Grow LongerGenre: Fiction. Payment: $200- $500. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Reprints accepted.

Carte BlancheGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics. Payment: "Modest". Deadline: December 31, 2016.

The Golden Key: Resurrected Things. Genres: Short fiction and poetry. We want fiction and poetry that is both literary and speculative. Realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language. Payment: $10. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Third Flatiron: "Principia Ponderosa" Genre: Short story (1000 words max). "Weird Western/Steampunk. Dreadnaughts, "Wild West" world, cowboys and aliens, Victorian era, primitive post-Apocalypse, retro-futuristic inventions, and the like. Remember Oscar Wilde's inspirational visit to Colorado?" Payment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Pantheon. Genres: Poetry and fiction on theme of Janus. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Manchester Speculative Fiction: Revolutions 2Genre: Speculative fiction. Must be linked to Manchester, England in some way. Payment: £15. Deadline: December 31, 2016. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

56 Writing Contests in December 2016 - No entry fees

The end of the year is always marked by a substantial number of writing contests. This December there are poetry, manuscript, short story and essay contests in every genre. None of these contests change entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and regional restrictions, so be sure to check submission guidelines before submitting.

Many contests are annual, so if you miss your ideal contest this year,  you can always enter next year. For a month-by-month list of free contests see: Writing Contests


Brunel University African Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. Genre: 10 poems exactly. Prize: 3,000 pounds. Deadline: December 1, 2016. Read details here.

Arnold Adoff Poetry AwardsGenre: Poetry books for children and young adults. Novels in verse, memoirs in verse, collections of original poetry, and edited collections are all acceptable formats for the awards. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Poetry Center at Smith College PrizeRestrictions: Open to sophomore or junior high school girls in New England. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 1, 2016. 

The David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction is offered annually to the best book in American historical fiction that is both excellent fiction and excellent history. Prize: $1.000. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Lyric College Poetry ContestRestrictions: Open to undergraduates enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Genre: Military fiction. Prize: $5000. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Pushcart Prize honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot" published in small presses and literary magazines. Magazine and small press editors may nominate up to six works. Pushcart Press publishes yearly anthologies of the winning submissions. Prize: Publication.  Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African PoetryRestrictions: Open to African poets who have not yet published a collection of poetry. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $1,000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian YouthRestrictions: Canadians, grades 7-12. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $400. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian WritingRestrictions: Open to published writers who are writing from the region. Genres: All. Prize: $1000. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

The Schneider Family Book Award is sponsored by the American Library Association. The award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. Prize: Three annual awards each consisting of $5000 and a framed plaque, will be given annually in each of the following categories: birth through grade school (age 0-10), middle school (age 11-13) and teens (age 13-18). (Age groupings are approximations). Genre: May be fiction, biography, or other form of nonfiction. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Iron Soap. Genre: Story of around 200 words on the theme of Christmas. Prize: $10. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Propinquity. Genre: Micro-fiction. ‘Propinquity is such a clumsy and unusual word! For this mini-contest, we dare you to show, tell, or evoke a complete story in no more than 40 words, exactly ONE of which is “propinquity.” Use it well, contestants–no fair writing a story about a spelling bee where someone has to spell it, for instance.’ Prize: $25. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. Prize: 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 each are awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity. Deadline: December 9, 2016.

White River Environmental Law Writing Competition is sponsored by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Vermont Law School. Restrictions: Open to all students currently pursuing a degree (J.D. or LL.M) at an accredited law school in the United States. Submissions written as a class component, as a journal requirement, or otherwise for academic credit are acceptable. Genre: Original essays addressing any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law. Prize: $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental LawDeadline: December 9, 2016.

Friends of American Writers. Restrictions: The author must be a resident (or previously have been a resident for approximately five years) of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin; or the locale of the book must be in a region identified above. The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name. Genres:Books can be fiction or creative non-fiction and published in 2015. Self-published and e-Books are not eligible. Prize: $4000. Deadline: December 10, 2016.

Rider University Annual High School Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to high school students. Genres: Essays, poetry, fiction. Prizes: 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25. Deadline: December 11, 2016.

J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress AwardGenre: Uncompleted work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Prize: $30,000 fellowship. Deadline: December 12, 2016.

Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel CompetitionRestrictions: The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any published novel (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Genre: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: December 12, 2016.

Spark Award: Held by SCBWI open to members of SCBWI who are self-published. Genres: Fiction and nonfiction. Prize: Envy. The SCBWI is our most prestigious national organization (US) for children's book and YA writers. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Digital fiction. Genre: Digital fiction. ‘Importantly, digital fictions are different to e-books. Rather than existing as a digital version of a print novel, digital fictions are what are known as “born digital” – that is, they would lose something of their form and/or meaning if they were removed from the digital medium. For example, they may contain hyperlinks, moving images, mini-games or sound effects. In many digital fictions, the reader has a role in constructing the narrative, either by selecting hyperlinks or by controlling a character’s journey through the storyworld.’ Prize: £300 to the winner of each category (there are 5). Deadline: December 15, 2016. Entries accepted in English and Welsh.

Authors.me Romance Novel ContestGenre: Romance novel. Prize: $200. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Women Artists Datebook. Genre: Poetry. Green themes. Prize: $70. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Black Caucus of the American Library Association. BCALA presents four awards to an African American writer published in the United States during the previous year: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. Prize: Four $500.00 awards. Deadline: December 16, 2016.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay ContestRestrictions: Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2015 Semester. Genre: Essay Topic: Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. 3,000 to 4,000 words. Prize: $5,000. 2nd Prize $2,500, 3rd Prize $1,500, two Honorable Mentions $500 each. Deadline: December 19, 2016. Read details here.

Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.  Restrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter. Genre: Poetry, unpublished and published. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

Lucille Medwick Memorial AwardRestrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter. Genre: Poetry, unpublished and published. Original poem in any form on a humanitarian theme. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

Cecil Hemley Memorial AwardRestrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter. Genre: Poetry, unpublished and published. Lyric poem that addresses a philosophical or epistemological concern. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

Lyric Poetry AwardRestrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter. Genre: A lyric poem on any subject. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson AwardRestrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter for free. Genre: A poem inspired by Dickinson though not necessarily in her style. Prize: $250. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

Robert H. Winner Memorial AwardRestrictions: Only Poetry Society of America members may enter for free. There is a charge of $15 for non-members. Open to mid-career poets who have not had substantial recognition, and is over forty, and who have published no more than one book. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

George Bogin Memorial AwardGenre: Poetry that takes a stand against oppression. Prize: $500. Deadline: December 22, 2016.

Commonwealth Club of California Book AwardsRestrictions: Open to residents of California. Genre: Book of poetry, fiction or nonfiction. Prize: Medal. Deadline: December 23, 2016.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Awards are given for both fiction and nonfiction. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016. The winners are announced in the spring.

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Griffin Poetry PrizeRestrictions: One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. Genre: Poetry. Books must have been published in English during the calendar year preceding the year of the award. Prize: C$200,000, is awarded annually in two categories – International and Canadian. Each prize is worth C$65,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

Gover Story PrizeGenres: Short fiction and creative nonfiction. Prize: annual cash prize ($250) and publication in Best New Writing for the best fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words. Finalists are also published in Best New Writing. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Submit HERE.

Kansas Book AwardRestrictions: Author must establish a connection to Kansas by birth, education, employment, residence or other significant claim. Genre: Book of fiction. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future ContestGenre: Speculative fiction prose, up to 17,000 words. Prize: $1,000 with $5,000 grand prize. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

SPS Studios Poetry Card ContestGenre: Poem. Prize: $300. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

William Carlos Williams Poetry CompetitionRestrictions: Open to students attending allopathic or osteopathic schools of medicine in the United States and Canada. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $300. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

Society of Classical Poets, Poetry CompetitionGenre: Poetry. Three to five poems, each of which does not exceed 50 lines. The poems must be within the four themes used by the Society (at least one poem must be in the Issues of Our Age theme.) Prize: First Prize: $500. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Read details HERE.

Best Translated Book Awards for PoetryGenre: Published poetry book. Prize: $5,000: one apiece for the author and translator of the winning book in poetry. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Caribbean Writers PrizesGenre: Short fiction, nonfiction, books. Prize: $400 - $500. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Fountain Magazine Essay ContestGenre: Essay. 1,500 - 2,500 words. "In the context of this current moment in history, The Fountain’s 2016 Essay Contest invites you to consider the issues facing today’s immigrants. Are you an immigrant, too? Were your parents or grandparents immigrants? Are we all immigrants in this world? How do immigrants contribute to your society? How do they cause problems in your society? How would you help immigrants thrive?" Prize: 1st Place - $1,500, 2nd Place - $750, 3rd Place - $300, Two Honorable Mentions - $200 each. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Goldstein, Lawrence, and Clayton Prizes in Poetry and Short Fiction. Sponsored by Michigan Quarterly Review. Genres: Poetry, short fiction. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016

Neil Postman Award for Metaphor. Sponsored by Rattle. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Northern California Book AwardsRestrictions: Open to residents of northern California. Genre: Published books of all genres. Prize: $100. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

USNI Naval History Essay ContestGenre: Essay.  Prize: First Prize: $6,000. Second Prize:$3,000. Third Prize: $2,000. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American HistoryGenre: Essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Eastern Iowa ReviewRestrictions: For writers who have fewer than two publications (any kind). Genre: Fiction, poetry, CNF. Prize: $100. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

From the Horse's Mouth Short Story and Poetry CompetitionsGenres: Poetry, short fiction up to 5,000 words. Prize: £100 top prize. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust Article Prize Competition 2016Genre: Nonfiction of 7,000-10,000 words about the Holocaust. Prize: $1,000 top prize. Deadline: December 31, 2016.  Questions/submissions: dapim_h@univ.haifa.ac.il

Words Magazine. Genre: Short story on theme of "Murder." (2000 words max). Prize: 1st - £50, 2nd - £25. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Relevant Reads. Restrictions: US residents only. Genre: Story between 1,000 and 10,000 words in one of the following categories: Diversity, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Horror /Suspense, or Teens by Teens (“Categories”). Prize: $3000. Deadline: December 31, 2016. Note: Winning authors give up all publishing rights.

Nightlight. Genre: Short story on theme of "Mystery." "This contest is geared to encouraging professional and amateur writers to write stories for at-risk boys in the 10- to 12-year-old age group who often stop reading for pleasure because of a lack of engaging literature for their age group.  Nightlight Reading’s goal is to fund and promote literature that appeals to boys and keeps them engaged and reading." Prize: $1000. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Alban Lake. Genre: Micro-fiction (drabbles) of exactly 100 words. "The theme of this contest is: Dear Abby in the 24th Century. Basically, we’re looking for stories that are a bit off-beat, quirky, unusual. What would be the problems Abby would have to address in the future, and how would she address them?" Prize: $1. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

New Terrain Award. Restrictions: Open to undergraduates. Genre: Environmental writing — poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Prize: $250. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
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